New Jersey holds off on certificate mandate for out-of-state carriers

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The New Jersey Division of Transportation began notifying motor carriers last fall that they would be required to obtain a certificate to do business in New Jersey, even to conduct purely interstate operations.

However, the American Trucking Associations recently wrote the division, pointing out that such a requirement is counter to a long line of decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court. The division has answered ATA’s letter, saying that it has referred the question to the New Jersey Attorney General’s office for advice.

In the meantime, the state will not enforce the doing-business certificate requirement on any carrier from outside the state.